Monday, March 7, 2016

Lautaro's Baptism

Lautaro and Elder Mangum

Hey fam,

It was a good week.  Not too great as far as numbers in our own area went, but the zone had 4 baptisms on Saturday, 3 of which were in our area.  The meeting on Tuesday with the Stake President went well (our mission president wasn’t able to make it, an emergency came up.) With President Paolantonio (an old friend of mine from back in the day in Rio Ceballos, Catalina the convert we baptized is his neighbor) we made a Stake Mission Plan.  Every companionship in the stake (all 11) need to have 5 FHE's in the month of March with active members, and somebody else invited (less active, recent convert, non-members).  That way we can improve not just the baptisms, but also the retention and reactivation in the stake. In addition, the focus of these Family Nights will be the Book of Mormon.  The theme from now until stake conference (May 15th) is to Flood the Hill Country of Cordoba with the Libro de Mormon. We will be giving copies to the members so that they can give them away to their friends, the goal is 15 copies given away by the members in the month of March in every ward/branch.  

Wednesday we had a zone meeting, where we presented the Stake Mission Plan to our missionaries and reemphasized many of the things taught by Elder Bednar and in the World Missionary Training.  We passed the vision of the month to the missionaries, with a big focus on the Book of Mormon as well as verifying commitments.  With those two, we are ready to see the zone explode with baptisms.  De hecho, we are already seeing it.  

The rest of the week was business as usual, teaching and finding.  Saturday I had the opportunity to do 3 baptismal interviews, and in one of them the youth asked me to baptize him.  I had seen him around the church (the other elders were teaching him) and played basketball and soccer a few times, and at the end of the interview he surprised me by asking me to do it.  It was neat, because with almost all of the baptisms I have had, we almost always have members perform the ordinance, it was fun to get back in the water.  

Sunday we only had 1 investigator in church, Jessica, the girlfriend of a member.  She would already be baptized, but she is currently living with her boyfriend, so we can't baptize her until they get married, and they are in the process of doing that, but it could take a while. So we have a lot of work to do to find people this week so that we can complete our goal before the end of the month.  Did I mention that I am in the mission choir?  We have rehearsals every Sunday, and we will be doing a sweet Easter Program.  I love Easter, my favorite time of year (and not just because my birthday is 3 days later...)

Sounds like y’all had a pretty busy week!  I always love hearing what y’all are up to. The apartment is fun, but today we got a phone call, there is an emergency transfer and one of the other elders is leaving, and they are sending another elder to live with us.  Should be interesting!  We shall see how it goes.  The hardest part of the area is the bikes.  I definitely prefer walking, but it’s hard to argue that the bikes aren't more efficient as far as time goes.  

Love you all

Elder Mangum

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